2016 EP Chateau le Petit Bocq, St Estephe CB
Deep purple with purple hue. Tight, fresh, dark fruits underlined by a tannic structure. We buy this wine because we believe it will be become balanced and shall be much improved in the prime of life in a couple years’ time. Fragrances of undergrowth and leather will become obvious in the near term, though it is indeed suppressed by oak at the point of observation. Also this wines a classic and older interpretation of St Estephe, although oak influence is overpowering with vanilla bean nose and slight tightening of the fruit on the finish which ends the fruit abruptly. We also recommend this wine on one passion ground: the owner has to manage 18 Ha of 80 plots of land that represent all the soils of the appellation. Soil is classic St Estephe (gravel alluvium and a quarter of alluvium more limestone)
The vines, which are about forty years old and grown under reasonable control, consist of 3 grape varieties, with one half of merlot, 49% of cabernet sauvignon and 1% of cabernet franc. After manual harvesting, the vinification is traditional, with stainless steel tanks for fermentations and oak barrels for the 12 months of rearing. Almost 50% new, French oak used for the vintage, with a micro-oxygenation to promote the expression of aromas.